Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty involves removal of the excess skin from the upper and lower eyelids. Sometimes, excess fat is also removed. This is a great procedure to rejuvenate the eyelid area so that you have a less tire, more youthful look to your eyes and upper face area. Eyelid surgery is frequently combined with other cosmetic procedures of the face, like a facelift or neck lift, to give a rejuvenating look to the overall face. Common causes of excess eyelid skin include age and allergies. Over time, the waxing and waning of puffiness from the upper and lower eyelids can cause the skin to stretch. This will lead to hooding of the upper eyelid and puffiness of the lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is very good at correcting this problem.
Ptosis or droopiness of the upper eyelid is another common cause for people to seek out a plastic surgeon in order to correct this problem. This is separate from the eyelid surgery as it usually involves tightening the muscles and tissues of the upper eyelid in order to provide a lift. Then, when you actively open your eyes the upper eyelid goes up higher. The most common causes of upper eyelid ptosis or sagginess are age, trauma, and congenital.
Baltimore eyelid surgery specialist, Dr. Jeffrey Schreiber, utilizes the latest eyelid surgery techniques to provide his patients with the safest, most aesthetic results. He focuses on providing his patients with a more refreshed and youthful appearance to the eyelids. During the consultation, Dr. Schreiber will go over the history and physical of his patients in order to determine the cause of the excess eyelid skin and fat. He will then discuss several options for eyelid rejuvenation. Patients often inquire about doing other cosmetic procedures simultaneously, like a facelift, necklift, or CO2 laser treatment. Dr. Schreiber commonly combines cosmetic surgery procedures of the face to give a well balanced, more youthful appearance to the entire face.
The actual eyelid surgery procedure takes 1-2 hours, depending upon whether the upper and lower eyelids are done together or just one of the two. During the procedure, Dr. Schreiber will keep the incisions as inconspicuous as possible hidden in the lines and creases of the eyelids. He will then gently remove the excess skin and fat from the eyelids. Recovery takes about 1 week, and the eyelid skin heals so quickly that the stitches come out after 3 days! Light exercise can resume after 1 week with more intense exercise starting at 4-6 weeks. Most patients only have minimal discomfort and bruising can last 5-7 days.